Archive for February, 2011

Applying Polyurethane

February 17, 2011

The creation of the mat is basically finished at this point. Polyurethaning the mat is probably the easiest part of the process and the least fun. I use a indoor, water base, low luster polyurethane and apply with a pad brush. After six coats–Voilà, you have a finished mat. Next, delivery and installation.

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Painting the Mat

February 11, 2011

The fun part of mat making is painting the main art, which is the reason I started making mats. Most of the time it takes more than one coat to make colors opaque, especially with red or burgundy. In this case, to show an artisan look, I wanted the finished mat to display a slight brush stroke which means I only had to paint the entire mat twice. There have been times when I have had to paint a mat three or even four times to get the desired effect. Next, coating the mat.

Art to Mat

February 4, 2011

A key part of my mat making process is getting the design onto the mat. There are a lot of ways to do this but I like to transfer large images via graphite paper. Generally I work as much as possible on a tabletop and due to this mat’s large size, I will transfer the art one half of the mat at a time. Next, pulling out the brushes.